Estádio José Alvalade

Estádio José Alvalade is a football stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, home of Sporting Clube de Portugal. It was built adjacent to the site of the older stadium. The stadium is named after José Alvalade, the founder and first club member of Sporting CP in the early twentieth century.

Estádio José Alvalade
Full nameEstádio José Alvalade
LocationLisbon, Portugal
Coordinates38°45′40.30″N 9°9′38.82″W / 38.7611944°N 9.1607833°W / 38.7611944; -9.1607833
Public transitLisbon Metro  Verde   Amarela  at Campo Grande
OwnerSporting Clube de Portugal
Record attendance50,046 vs Real Madrid[1]
(22 November 2016)
Field size105 x 68 m
Broke ground2003
Opened6 August 2003
Construction cost€105 million
ArchitectTomás Taveira
Sporting Clube de Portugal (2003–present)
Portugal national football team (selected matches)


The previous José Alvalade Stadium was opened on 10 June 1956.[2] Plans by Sporting CP to modernize the club in the late 1990s coincided with the decision to award Portugal the right to host UEFA Euro 2004, and the decision was made to build a new stadium, with construction beginning on 15 January 2001. The club's statutes dictated that the stadium would be called Estádio José Alvalade. It would be the club's seventh stadium.[3][4]


The stadium is the center of a complex called Alvalade XXI, designed by Portuguese architect Tomás Taveira, which includes a mall called Alvaláxia with a 12-screen movie theater, a health club, the club's museum, a sports pavilion, a clinic, and an office building. The complex cost a total of €162 million, with the stadium accounting with almost €121 million. On the exterior, the stadium features multi-coloured tiles. Seats are also arranged in a random-looking colour mix.

It was classified by UEFA as a 4-star stadium, enabling it to host finals of major UEFA events. The stadium – originally projected to hold only 40,000 spectators at any given time – has a capacity of 50,095[5] and was acoustically engineered as a venue for major concerts. The stadium has also a total of 1,315 underground parking spaces, including 30 for disabled spectators.

The new stadium official opening was on 6 August 2003 when Sporting played and beat Manchester United 3–1. The stadium hosted five matches of UEFA Euro 2004, one of them being the semi-final between Portugal and the Netherlands, which Portugal won 2–1. In May 2005, the stadium was upgraded to 5-star stadium status by UEFA, the same month it hosted the 2005 UEFA Cup Final between Sporting and CSKA Moscow, which CSKA Moscow won 3–1.[6]

After years of coping with a poor playing surface, the Sporting board initially decided to install synthetic turf for the 2011-12 season, but this decision was later abandoned for the use of artificial lighting.[citation needed]

It hosted quarter-finals and semi-finals matches during the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League.[7]

Notable matchesEdit

First matchEdit

Team #1 Score Team #2 Date
Sporting CP   3–1   Manchester United 6 August 2003

UEFA Euro 2004Edit

Team #1 Team #2 Date Attendance Round
Sweden   5–0   Bulgaria 14 June 2004 31,652 Group stage
Spain   0–1   Portugal 20 June 2004 47,491 Group stage
Germany   1–2   Czech Republic 23 June 2004 46,849 Group stage
France   0–1   Greece 25 June 2004 45,390 Quarter-finals
Portugal   2–1   Netherlands 30 June 2004 46,679 Semi-finals

2005 UEFA Cup FinalEdit

Team #1 Score Team #2 Date Attendance
Sporting CP   1–3   CSKA Moscow 18 May 2005 47,085

Other international matchesEdit

Team #1 Team #2 Date Attendance Competition Notes
Portugal   7–1   Russia 13 October 2004 44,258 2006 World Cup qualification Russia's biggest ever defeat
Portugal   4–0   Belgium 24 March 2007 48,009 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying First ever competitive win over Belgium
Portugal   1–1   Serbia 12 September 2007 47,000 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
Portugal   2–3   Denmark 10 September 2008 33,406 2010 World Cup qualification First ever competitive loss against Denmark
Portugal   1–1   Israel 11 October 2013 48,317 2014 World Cup qualification
Portugal   0–1   France 4 September 2015 39,853 Friendly
Portugal   3–0   Luxembourg 12 October 2019 47,308 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying
Portugal   0–0   Spain 7 October 2020 2,500* Friendly First match played in Portugal with fans in the stands, during the COVID-19 pandemic
Portugal   3–0   Sweden 14 October 2020 5,000* 2020-21 UEFA Nations League Second match played in Portugal with fans in the stands, during the COVID-19 pandemic
Portugal   4–0   Israel 9 June 2021 0 Friendly

Seating distributionEdit

  • Disabled Seats – 50
  • Skybox Seats – 1,542
  • VIP and Business Seats – 1,968
  • Tribune Seats – 100
  • Public Seats (Level A) – 24,261
  • Public Seats (Level B) – 21,970
  • Press Seats – 204


The Stadium is served by the Campo Grande station[8] of the Lisbon Metro and a bus terminal served by several companies. The Segunda Circular, a major ring road of Lisbon, runs close by and the stadium can be reached via the exit Estádio de Alvalade. There are several car parks around the stadium.

It is a relatively short distance (3 km) from Lisbon's biggest stadium, the Estádio da Luz, homeground of rivals S.L. Benfica.


  1. ^ Group, Global Media (22 November 2016). "Sporting-Real: recorde de assistência em Alvalade".
  2. ^ "A inauguração do Estádio José Alvalade em 1956". Torcida Verde. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Stadium History". 2015-07-09. Retrieved 2021-01-15.
  4. ^ "Estádio José Alvalade". 2014-11-26. Retrieved 2021-01-15.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 October 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Estádio José Alvalade". 2014-11-26. Retrieved 2021-01-15.
  7. ^ "Draws | UEFA Champions League". Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  8. ^ "Google Maps". Google Maps.

External linksEdit

Preceded by UEFA Cup
Final venue

Succeeded by

Coordinates: 38°45′40.30″N 9°9′38.82″W / 38.7611944°N 9.1607833°W / 38.7611944; -9.1607833